Count the boss as a happy camper this weekend.
Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello called the team's playoff berth -- clinched Saturday with a 5-1 win over the Sabres -- a "tremendous accomplishment."
"It's certainly a tremendous accomplishment, coming from where we were at the beginning of the year," said the longtime executive who is in his first year with the Isles.
Lamoriello credited the everyone in the organization for reaching the playoffs in a season the Islanders were expected to finish toward the bottom of the Metropolitan Division.
"The job the coaching staff has done is incredible," he said. "But the players, too. The way they've responded. They've overcome adversity at different times. Right now, our team is feeling pretty good about itself."
The Isles head into the final stretch of games three points behind the first-place Capitals in the division. The Islanders wrap up their home schedule Monday against the Maple Leafs and former captain John Tavares.
It means the playoffs are right around the corner.
"Every experience you go through is very important and you don't really know what the experience is until you have it," Lamoriello said. "[The playoffs] are only different if you make them different. There's only one thing you can do and that is to give the best you have in your abilities. If you do that, it's not different."